1 And in those days a decree went out from aCaesar Augustus for a bcensus to be taken of all the inhabited earth.
2 This was the 1first census that took place when Quirinius agoverned Syria.
3 And all went to be registered, each to his own city.
4 And aJoseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of bNazareth into Judea, to David's city, which is called cBethlehem, because he was of the 1house and family of David,
5 To be registered with Mary, who was engaged to him and was apregnant.
6 And while they were there, the days were fulfilled for her to bear,
7 And she 1abore her bfirstborn son; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a 2manger because there was no place for them in the cinn.
8 And there were 1shepherds in the same region, spending their nights in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an aangel of the Lord bstood by them, and the cglory of the Lord shone around them; and they dfeared greatly.
10 And the angel said to them, Do anot be afraid; for behold, I bannounce to you good news of cgreat joy, which will be for dall the people,
11 Because today a aSavior has been bborn to you in cDavid's city, who is dChrist the eLord.
12 And this will be the 1sign to you: you will find a 2baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly aarmy, 1bpraising God and saying,
14 1aGlory in the bhighest places to God, and on cearth 1dpeace among 2men of His egood pleasure.
15 And when the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds spoke to one another, Let us go then to Bethlehem and see this 1thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.
16 And they came in haste and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.
17 And when they had seen this, they made known the word which was spoken to them concerning this little child.
18 And all those who heard marveled at the things spoken to them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her aheart.
20 And the shepherds returned, aglorifying and praising God for all the things which they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken to them.